CALLING ALL 90s KIDS – Did you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? Dust off those dreams, Poké-trainers, because your time to shine is coming! In 2016, you can actually start catching them all – not on cards or a DS screen, but in the real world!
The Pokémon Company has partnered with Nintendo and Niantic for an augmented reality app called Pokémon Go. In conjunction with a Bluetooth-powered device, the Go app will notify you of wild Pokemon in the area. Once you spot them with the app on your phone, you can throw a virtual Pokeball and add them to your collection!
But the app won’t stop there. You can trade and even engage other trainers in battle! Based upon the final battle in the trailer, I wonder if there’ll be group battles for tougher, rarer creatures? Maybe that’s one of the new gameplay options that Junichi Masuda (director of the Pokémon video game series) will explore during his work on the project.
Pokémon Go will be available for iPhone and Android at no charge, with optional in-game purchases. It launches in 2016, which totally can’t come fast enough.
Over the past semester I’ve been working on a project for a class that I’ve been taking. In this class, the Hero’s Journey, we studied the comprehensive comparative theories of the universality of mythology, from Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, the American Hero, the Feminine Hero, Final Participation, to Mythopoeia. All semester we’ve been reading stories that have spanned thousands of years; we’ve discussed movies and books and I happened to be assigned the project relating mythology to video games. I’ve been preparing for it all semester by reading extensively about different games and in-game lore, doing actual historical research regarding locations in games that are based on fact, attending PAX East (both for fun and for increasing my general and specific knowledge regarding certain games), and probably most importantly- playing a whole new set of games I had never dabbled in before.
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Earlier this week, gamers were delighted with the confirmation of the hissed rumors of another impending Assassin’s Creed.
[SPOILERS: Leaked images, teaser trailer, and spoilers for upcoming Assassins Creed installments under the cut.]
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